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Meeting with general director on tourism act

foto 2022 reunio llei turistica AAna Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, met this morning with Rosana Morillo, Director General of the tourism division of regional government to discuss modifying the tourism act of the Balearic Islands. Later the three sat down with representatives of the island's small- and medium-sized business association (PIMEF), Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association of Formentera to discuss the same issue.

President Juan had good things to say about the gathering focused on changes to the Balearic Islands' tourism act. "We hope there will be dialogue and consensus and we hope Formentera's particularities will be taken into account, especially in the hotel sector, since most of our accommodations are small family establishments that will need the extra help and involvement of the Administration to guarantee that the legislation's implementation comes with safeguards and that the islands become a pioneering tourist destination", said Juan.

Councillor Ferrer explained that in the weeks ahead this first working meeting would see meetings of a more technical nature as well as other gatherings involving members of the island's tourism sector "to find out what specific needs should be reflected in the legislation".

"We think the end-game of this act is positive, but legislation needs consensus and participation from both the business community and local government so we can guarantee compliance and every one of us work towards the circular and sustainable tourism that we want", emphasised Ferrer. Announcements were also made about specific local issues requiring attention like urban planning exemptions, which should be addressed within the Tourism Planning Commission, "because Formentera has a very specific territorial configuration, with many different types of protection that must be taken into account and assessed individually," she said. Meeting attendees also requested help for business owners: self-assessment plans could be created, and support could be offered around the plan on circularity. Subsidies were also suggested, as well as strategies to promote involvement and quality work.

1 February 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

With 3 final new hires, Consell de Formentera concludes SOIB Reactiva programme

foto 2022 soib reactiva ultim tornThe Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship has concluded its participation in the SOIB Reactiva 2021 programme with the last three hires. All told, 12 jobless islanders received six-month contracts as part of the programme, which aims to "boost employment on Formentera and incorporate people into the jobs market, particularly young people and individuals facing long-term unemployment", stressed Ana Juan, President of the Consell and Councillor of Entrepreneurship.

To fund the recruitment programme, Formentera receives €107,414.45 from the Employment Service of the Balearic Islands (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears, SOIB).

Since the start of SOIB Reactiva positions have been made available for three administrative assistants; two multi-purpose operators under 30 years of age and registered in the National Youth Guarantee System (Sistema Nacional de Garantía Juvenil); three long-term unemployed cleaners over 30 years of age; two information assistants; and one cleaner and one maintenance operator over 30 years of age.

The SOIB's Reactiva programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Sectorial Conference.

31 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Owners of vacation property renters must renew authorizations

The Formentera Office of Tourism (Conselleria de Turisme, CT) reports that forms and documentation are now available to renew or extend authorisations for vacation holiday rental properties. In the last two years and due to the pandemic, all permits were extended two years, but now renewals and extensions must be processed for those authorisations that will soon expire.

Renewals can be processed online through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC). Inquiries can also be made on-site and over the phone, applications can be picked up at the CT, located at Carrer Pius Tur Mayans in Sant Francesc, as well as at the OAC.

"After two years of automatic extensions we are reactivating the renewals process", Alejandra Ferrer, Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism. She called it "a very important step to ensure compliance with the legality of tourist rentals". Ferrer also reported that "in parallel we are working on the 2022 inspection plan to review compliance with the Plan for Quality and detect illegal rentals that contribute to supply shortages for residential and temporary accommodation for workers".

According to the Regulation on commercialised tourist stays in local homes, the registration in the Tourism Registry of Formentera was valid for five years from presentation of the declaration of new rental activity. The period was extended for two more years on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in January 2022, vacation rental registrations in the Formentera Tourism Registry have begun to expire and the owners will have to renew them again. They will also have to comply with the new Plan for Quality, which was also extended due to COVID-19.

26 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

At Fitur, Formentera highlights protection of natural attractions and off-season offer

foto 2022 fitur BAt Fitur, Formentera highlights protection of natural attractions and off-season offer

Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera; Alejandra Ferrer, Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism; and Carlos Bernús, Director of Tourism Promotions, are currently representing Formentera at the international tourism expo Fitur in Madrid.

President Juan described the island's promotional focal point as "nature-loving and family travellers respectful of the environment, traditions and culture". She also underscored high turnout at the fair, which presages "a turn-around in domestic tourism". "That's good news for the island", according to Juan.

Today Vice-President Ferrer spoke to the press about Formentera as a destination whose draws include "landscapes, well-preserved nature and a one-of-a-kind identity". In order to maintain these features, Ferrer affirmed that the people of Formentera have always been committed to the conservation.

Among municipal initiatives aimed at making local tourism and the island more sustainable, Ferrer spoke about "an impulse in the countryside since reactivation of the Farmer's Co-operative, the establishment of a ceiling on tourism, projects like formentera.eco, Save Posidonia Project and more". She pointed to next steps like guaranteeing safeguards of the marine environment and Formentera's coastline will require establishing a maritime carrying capacity".

Off-season programming

In addition to the island's natural appeals, Ferrer described cultural and sporting events that are organised on Formentera to attract visitors outside high season months. She drew particular attention to "the possibilities that natural and open spaces with few people offer for enjoying the island in a safer way".

Visitors to Formentera's section at the stand shared by the Balearic Islands can find promotional material on the options for family tourism, enjoying the island's environment, fine dining, heritage and off-season cultural and sporting events.  Also on the agenda of the island's representatives will be other promotional activities like meetings with niche travel magazines, web portals, tour operators and travel agents.

20 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Javier Asensio wins buy local drawing

foto 20212nadal compra casaJavier Asensio has won the drawing for "Al Nadal Compra a Casa", the Consell de Formentera and Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses of Formentera (Petita i Mitjana Empresa de Formentera, Pimef) initiative to promote local commerce. Today Ana Juan, President of the Consell and Councillor of Commerce, and Lidia Ávarez, Pimef Manager, presented the lucky winner with a €500 gift card for use at participating Compra a Casa businesses. The programme's roster of member establishments currently stands at 36 – twice as many as five years ago. During the month-long campaign Asensio shopped at Natural, Mediterranea Pitiusa and Repsol filling station in Sant Ferran.

17 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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